Our final release of 2006 is the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the award-winning Canadian documentary The Corporation, produced by Canadian composer Leonard J. Paul. This is the original music soundtrack plus extra pieces, totaling 28 tracks for the release. It also comes w/ artwork and full liner notes from Leonard himself. This is a huge release for us, and we're very proud to be able to offer it at Kikapu. We'd like to thank Leonard for letting us release this amazing piece of work,... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topic: sountrack
Our largest and most ambitious release to date, "Wein, Weib und Gesang" is a focus on experimental and ambient-styled electronics, with tracks from a group of some of the most remarkable musicians around. Some of these faces are new to Kikapu, while some have previously released here a number of times. The title is an old German saying that is loosely translated as "wine, women and songs...all you need to be happy in life." Seeing as this release clocks in at nearly five... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews ) Topic: Ambient
This amazing EP is from Ed Powley's new project, The Over Greenland. Ed has been releasing music under his own name, and the ever-popular Colophon moniker for years now on a great many other net.labels. His first Kikapu release is entitled The Lost Levels EP which contains five tracks of guitar-driven beauty. At times uplifting and bombastic, at others minimal and relaxing, this is one incredibly special album, and is definitely worthy of being our 100th release. favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: post-rock, guitar, electronic
KOSIK is the project of Matt Borghi and Michael Kirson-Goldapper. Raised on the periphery of Detroit, the two life-long friends were exposed to all kinds of music, much of which has been rolled up into their KOSIK project. While the KOSIK project is relatively new, Michael and Matt have been working together for the better part of a decade on a variety of projects, musical and otherwise. KOSIK is the first collaborative project that Michael and Matt have allowed to see the light of day. KOSIK... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
file under: guitar duos, dark ambient, abstracted electric drones We have a fantastic and much-anticipated new release available today from two of our favorite solo artists - Aidan Baker and Benjamin Fleury-Steiner - collaborating here for 'Second Week of the Second Month.' All the sounds in these four tracks are composed entirely from the electric guitar and it's amazing what these two artists can get out of a single sound source. Topics: ambient, dark ambient, abstract, drone, experimental, guitar
file under: analogue ambient, modular mayhem, deep space journey Our latest release comes from old-schooler Veem, aptly titled 'The Return.' Eight tracks of deep analogue pads mixed w/ modular fun, it harkens back to Veem's previous work with us; at times dark yet overall uplifting and pulling you up into the cosmos. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: ambient, electronic, analog, modular, synth, space, dark ambient
Our old buddy Matty Kraps was kind enough to make a detour from his regularly scheduled programming to lend us an ear to a new take on electronics, under his Winnie The Shit moniker. This album is packed to the brim with 303 lines, hardcore riddims, and some of the heaviest bowel-jarring sub bass known to man. Everything here is overflowing with energy, abrasiveness, bordering on hardcore techno but still keeping it's foot firmly planted in good old, fun dance music. Bordering on chaotic with a...
Kicking off a month of ambient releases here at Kikapu, newcomer Veem bring us seven delicate tracks of beautiful ambient soundscapes. Reminiscent of some of our past ambient releases, these songs are quite spacey, dreamy, and often just slightly drifting along at times, flowing into one another quite nicely. Its headphone-listening at its best. Topic: Electronic
When asked if we were interested in releasing a full album by San Francisco-based experimental musician Nick Cramer...well, it is obvious that we were quite excited at the opportunity. With the release 'Anti-Gravity', Nick takes the listener on a journey through the unknown universe, highlighted by songs of many moods and themes. Discover the beauty, danger, and mystery of space through an audio experience made for the explorer in you. Topic: Electronic
Straight from the jungles of Panama comes this recent EP from Ohio native Joel MacClellan, aka algorhythm. algorhythm is part of the core Kikapu collective and has been around these parts before, in the form of his contingency ep - which was a split mp3/cd release between ourselves and No Logo Records, as well as various compilation appearances. For his latest effort, algorhythm has compiled a collection of tracks that are dark, brooding, and riding the edge between dark ambient and some sort... Topic: Electronic
This compilation disc was originally released in the fall of 2003, and went out of print in early 2005. Since this release was a big giant 'thank you' to all of the wonderful artists we've met along the way of this site's inception and many variations, we thought now that the actual cd's have sold out we should make it available for free downloads. So thanks especially to all of you who bought the cd originally, and for those of you who are hearing it now for the first time, please enjoy. Topic: Electro, IDM, Experimental
Past releaser evan valentine has returned to blow your minds yet again with an incredible new mini-EP. This time around the tracks ride along a razor-thin edge of beautifully crafted melodies combined with some very complex breaks. The overall feel is almost a dream-like state, with the solid rhythms keeping everything grounded so the listener doesn't lose focus. This is quite the ingenious work of art to wrap your head around. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electro, IDM, Experimental
litmus0001 is Jonathan Ewald, a multi- instrumentalist and gifted producer from the U.S. who creates ambient soundscapes by way of live instrumentation through a series of effects and loops. While the six string bass is his focus, his use of guitar, synth, and programmed rhythms is exemplary and helps add to the depth of his improvisations. His music has been described as "downtempo neo-psychedelic organo-electronic post-/avant-/anti-rock," and this portrayal barely scratches the... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
Vancouver seems to be turning out a great number of highly creative artists as of late, as our recent releases have shown, and Mike Verde is another example of the great new music that is coming out of British Columbia. Hypocenter is an EP that has a little bit of everything - obvious jazz influences, intricate breaks and rhythm sections, really beautiful melodies, and an emotional underlay that is evident throughout all of the songs. Mike's music is based on the IDM formula, but it refuses to... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
Well-known net.label artist pino the frog, with past notable releases on both Nishi and Please Do Something, offers his first Kikapu release in the form of a remarkable EP that is one half originals, and one half remixes. The first half of the release consists of remixes of Carl Kruger originals by pino himself. These tracks are on an experimental plane with hints of ambience flirting around the percussive elements of the tracks. The second half are original tracks which consist of white noise... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
Hippocamp alumnus MonoCulture, who goes by the name of Nick Eymann in the non-digital world, is known around the net.label scene for his amazing production values interwoven with some of the tightest rhythm work and most superb melodies ever heard in the IDM genre. MonoCulture definitely doesn't disappoint on this long-tracker EP; the remarkable use of vocal samples and granulized ambiences along with the aformentioned elements brings MonoCulture's output to a whole new level. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electro, IDM, Experimental
souns is an ambient project from vancouver-based DJ/producer/promoter michael red. 'lights' came out of the source material created exclusively for an event michael put together for newformsfestival 04. the event, simply titled 'a sound event', was successful in creating a fusion between modern electronic music and ancient healing sound. happening in four movements, the most intensive healing work happened in the second and third movement. 'lights' are the drones used in these two movements and... Topic: Ambient
Fortunately for all of you loyal Kikapu net.fans out there, Finnish artist Sami Liuski recently contacted us about releasing this set of tracks that he composed recently. Upon first listen, one can hear the arctic environment of northern Finland that Komsomol calls home. These BoC-esque tracks paint a picture of a sunny winter's day with warm vintage analogue synths and detached human vocal samples. This album has a remarkably wide spectrum of appeal to fans of all forms of electronic music...
Presented here is a strangely beautiful collection of experimental electronics from Crashed By Car, the latest project of Brandon Reid Huey from Minneapolis. "Low Light Rewinder" is snowy harmonics and delicate overlapping geometries of melody, percussion, and noise articulating a less-travelled territory of music. From "Alone Machines" where massive unsettling marimba detunings and ring modulations are strikingly reconciled by a warm string arrangement, to the bouncing... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
You may know Alexey Devyanin from his past releases as Stud. You may also know Brandon Reid Huey from his past releases as Crashed By Car and Red Lines. Last year the two joined up electronically via the wonderful communicative lines of the world wide interweb and collaborated on a five-track EP, presented here under the Jenglander moniker. A mellow collection of melodic electronica, these tracks take on a life of their own, while still representing each artist's respective solo work. Sitting...
file under: idm, breakbeats, rocking out Happy Valentine's Day from Kikapu! Since we love you so much, we have a special present for you today: a new full-length album from none other than Evan Valentine himself! It's called 'sinister device' and this album is a masterwork of tight breakbeats and IDM stylings. It's been sitting on the shelf for awhile, and it's debut is long overdue. Thanks to E. Valentine for the wonderful release and remember that we heart you. Artwork by Alex Curran Topics: IDM, Breakbeats
The realization of these two improvisational live performances by Matt Borghi and Jason Sloan as a proper release has been a long time coming, and we at Kikapu couldn't be more honored to be bringing these pieces to you now. Both tracks hover just below the half-hour mark, and both incorporate laptops, guitars, and field recordings. Jason Sloan has also produced a short video featuring footage from the recording sessions as an added bonus to this release. This music is ambience at its purest... Topic: Electronic
Self-imposed workaholic Carl Martin has been writing tracker-based music since his early teen years, and is most familiar to the world of electronic music as TBTMO stronghold Transient. He kicks it uptempo with a smile on his face on this Kikapu EP; all of these tracks are very fun atmospheric breakbeat monsters, and every now and then this release speeds up and gets crazy on you, then slows down and chills out. These five tracks really do run the gamut of electronic music. favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
The Kikapu-Ohio link grows even stronger with this latest release from our friend Warren Sulcs, otherwise known as Dub Jay. You might remember Warren from his remix on the algorhythm ep we released here last winter (kpu.027); consider that remix a warm-up for what you are about to hear now. The Mai EP is actually a sort of collaboration between Dub Jay and a few of his close friends. Contributors include Pat Kabat on clarinet, Geoff Kelly on didgeridoo and tapping, and Steve Neola adding some... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
Florida native and Nophi Recordings frontman r_garcia has so lovingly graced our presence with an album of new tunes, a full 40 minutes worth of new music exclusive to Kikapu that is. While not afraid to show his experimental side, r_garcia's music borders on a mix between melodic electronics and noise, with a surprising slice of soul and funk mixed in. One can also hear his love for indie rock shining through on these tracks, so feel free to rock out yourself to these twelve amazingly fun and... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Head of the music label Slide The Needle, John Kale sends bleeps, blips, and bloops, from his bedroom to your eagerly awaiting ears. Growing up through hardcore rock bands to the world of electronic compositions, the Satellite Grooves sound is an amalgam of spacious pads, chill melodies, and analog electronics. Satellite Grooves is often compared to Morr Music, E*Vax, B. Fleischmann, and possibly our good friend Phasmid. Also make sure and check out SG's debut album 'atoms, molecules, and rain'...
Stud is back from the frigid corners of Siberia, this time with a long-tracker EP of new material exclusive to Kikapu. He comes from the school of keeping tracks short and to the point, as none of the tracks present herein eclipse the three minute mark. But unlike other artists who write short tracks making you the listener feel cheated, Stud's tracks are so complex and honest that each piece feels like it has run its length and is fully complete. When listening one can definitely feel the...
Definitely the most interesting release we've offered yet, here lies an EP by Reconstructing Richard. Four songs of pure 4-bit Gameboy madness. While we here at Kikapu have always been fans of the chip-music permeating the waves of the interweb, this is our first full release of microtunes. And that's not all! We are also offering you a wonderful opportunity to eavesdrop on some remixes of original Reconstructing Richard material reinterpreted by twelve different artists, some who are kikapu... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
file under: dark ambience, elegance, density roto visage returns with another incredible full-length of dark, experimental ambience, titled la muse cachée. For this, our 99th release, roto visage takes you into the darkest recesses of your mind, and won't let go. Really fantastic stuff, frightening at times, serene at others. This is a must-listen. Topics: dark ambient, experimental
The debut release of off land is a marvelous collection of subdued, melancholic ambience and electronics. Things slowly start off with minimal drones, followed by shuffling beats and anomalous guitar loops, interspersed with vocal snippets. The rest flows like water, with hints of nominal piano melodies, acoustic rhythms, bells and drones sliding in and out through this elegant collection, floating off into oblivion. This is a remarkable achievement, and a stimulating listening experience. Topics: ambient, electronic, minimal
The sixth official Kikapu release is from Memphis, Tennessee artist The System Boot, otherwise known as Allen Morrisson. Though he has been tinkering with electronic music for over a decade, this is only his second release under this moniker, and his first for Kikapu. This exclusive EP delves into more experimental territory than Allen's previous works, and encompasses the styles of IDM, ambient, industrial, glitch, post rock, and classic video game chip tunes. Topic: Electronic
A wonderful EP of beautiful droning ambience, Kikapu's final release of the year 2003 is proudly presented from net.label star Introspective. Starting off with a prelude of sorts, concering the current state of world affairs, the EP slowly winds its way through minimal atmospherics on a course destined for ambient brilliance. A perfect cap to a great year, everyone please enjoy these tracks from Introspective. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
One of our most intricately stunning releases to date, the debut EP from Canada's adcBicycle is nothing short of astonishing; a joining of what seems like hundreds of various samples - from vocals to instruments to field recordings - and intensely complex, live instrumentation and improvisation lead to one of the most incomparable and original albums ever recorded. The pure genius and musicianship of the artist reaches out of every tune to wave a big smiling hello to every single listener. What... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 6 reviews ) Topics: idm, electronic, post-rock
The mysterious Aplink has arrived with a short but excellent EP of ambience and drones. The tracks here focus on minimalism and the passage of time via repetition and layering; each feels like a cut out cross-section of a larger piece of composition. Insular and introspective, yet outwardly accessible to all. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Ambient, Drone, Electronic, Experimental
Yet another free collection of tracks from Books on Tape. There can be no explanation for the sheer volume of free music this guy gives away except for SHEER INSANITY. Since last December, the world has seen from Books a full-length CD, an mp3 EP on Subverseco, a 3" EP on Piehead. Not to mention a massive West Coast tour. The boy does not stop. And to further demonstrate, here is one of two new Books on Tape mp3 EP's, yours for the taking. And don't forget, by the end of this year, the... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
file under: experimental, shuffling ambient, glitching soundscapes Believe it or not, this amazing new album from Mikronesia will be our last release. Ever. That's right, Kikapu is kaput. We're going out in style though, with this brilliant collection of experimental ambient pieces. Mikronesia first came to our attention from his albums for the always impressive Gears of Sand label, and it's quite an honor for us to be able to release some of his work here at Kikapu. And finally, for the last... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topics: ambient, experimental
'scenarios for the real self' was originally released on breaking tension music some time in 2003. it was the ninth release for breaking tension music, limited edition with homemade packaging, made available at one of the first 'environments' events (live ambient series, vancouver, bc). all of the material was created using an ATARI computer, AKAI S950 sampler, YAMAHA FX500 guitar effects unit and a YAMAHA MD8 multi-track recorder. 'frozen ocean' was edited slightly in ACID Pro. the concept of... Topic: Electro, IDM, Experimental
A new concise sixteen minute EP comes down from the rolling pastures of Illinois in the form of this new collection of tracks by the unofficial Kikapu tour manager, Eric Laurence. Mr. Laurence has been here since the beginning, and he keeps coming back to throw more sample-laden tracks at our faithful listeners. The first and third cuts of this EP are aural soundscapes featuring beautifully haunting vocal samples from a Russian vocalist, while the second and fourth tracks are more... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
notech is one of those rare artists who can easily master any genre of music they put their minds to. This is evident through the massive discography he has collected on his own Basement Boy label and his extremely spastic live sets. But for this release, notech settles things down a bit and puts the focus of this EP on the electric guitar, and each song here is full of emotion, depth, and intensity. This release has been in the pipeline for well over a year now, and we're very happy to finally... Topic: Electronic
We're taking a big leap forward today into a slightly new and different realm of sound for Kikapu, with the debut release from Nashville's favorite legolomaniacs space plans. The band consists of three professional studio-geeks and knob-twiddlers, those being Kyleen King, Dave Jones, and Brion Bergstrom; and all three of them basically handle all of the different elements herein, whether they be guitar, bass, drums, synths, or vocals. To be honest, this EP is just a straight-up release of... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Rock
Kikapu's new best friend and close neighbor mar.ch, aka David Miller, drops off his first set of mp3's for you to enjoy. Ambient pads, subdued percussion, and dissonant chords are all ingredients in the mar.ch catalogue. These two tracks are exclusive to Kikapu - downloadable here for free, and also available on our Fall.02 Compilation CD (kpu.025).
Wonderful new seven-tracker EP from Aaron McCammon, who is the proprietor of the amazing new net.label One. This release is a sort of unofficial concept album, as it was completely recorded with a Casio RP-1 and CA-110. Almost everything here is played live, and there are no edits. In summation, its lo-fi to the core, baby. Styles range from the bubbly bounce of "2 dollars" to the melodic down tempo and ambience of "we keep prices low..." and "night tab" to the... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
A lovely single from our favorite multi-aliased Finn, Ernesto Aeroflot wrote this song as a birthday present for a good friend of his, and was kind enough to share it with all of you. The title tells it all: a constant string of vocal samples run throughout this upbeat track giving, well..advice. Its for all you youngsters out there. Topic: Electronic
Get down wit' yo bad selves! This new EP from Sarajevo's C Photon is lots of fun and actually danceable (gasp!). Seeing as how I'm tired and lazy, I'll let C Photon describe it for you himself: "With this EP my goal was to produce a complex mixture of organic sounds with the help of digital technology; a digital reconstruction of organic sounds. A session-like approach was used a lot. I think that sequencing can`t always work for my music and with this approach I can achieve more natural... favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
Bubblegone began as an experiment in a new medium for an artist who had not yet found a voice. The medium of experimental ambient noise allowed him to create something that flowed and had the same color and texture as his thoughts and feelings. Bubblegone is one artist who performs solo and often collaborates with other musicians. Artistically, bubblegoneÃÂÃÂs main focus in audio experimentation is to put thoughts and feelings into an audio context. His performances and recorded pieces are...
Tom Ka has been releasing .mod and .xm files for years from his humble abode in Wroclaw City in Poland, but this time he has decided to step out from the shadow of his Amiga and produce his first-ever mp3 release as Rokoa. These two tracks really are the perfect soundtrack to one's early morning wake-up, with beautiful melodies that float over some soft glitchy beats, all while putting a big smile on your face.
"The Pipers Of Pluto" is, in part, a collaboration. The longest tracks, the second and last, were created organically from long source sounds supplied by guitarist/musician Dan Minoza. The first track is a short acoustic piece by mystified. Other tracks are also by mystified - one uses only a kazoo as a basis, while the other use a simple nose flute as its only source. Don't let the use of kazoo and nose flute deter you! "Pipers" presents an intense, dark, shifting...
We celebrate our tenth release at Kikapu by offering another gem by our official space cadet Nick Cramer. This new EP shows that Nick is consistently one step ahead of the ambient and psychedelic sound with his own brand of space music with hints of jazzy breakbeats and dreamy atmospheric pads. It appears that San Francisco really is the hub of our galaxy.
Experimentations in sounds of shortwave. 0 dBm is a concept E.P. from Detroit producer Telegraphy (Richard Sudney). The concept being, combining in real time, audio of shortwave signals from which a vintage vacuum tube communications receiver is used as a back drop for Telegraphy's minimal dub'ed sound-scapes. This receiver, with it's etheric property's not found in today's solid state electronics, captures outer worldly tonalities and energies. Each track was recorded live directly to a audio...